Corrupt prison officers jailed after £168,000 Forest Bank jail thefts

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Corrupt prison officers jailed after £168,000 Forest Bank jail thefts

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CORRUPT prison officers pocketed almost £168,000 between them after stealing thousands of DVDs, games consoles and electrical goods due to be sorted by inmates at Forest Bank jail.

At Manchester Crown Court Paul Hewitt, from Radcliffe, and his colleague Paul Albertson, from The Wirral, (above) were each given 15-month prison sentences for what Judge Anthony Cross QC described as “a gross breach of trust”.

The court heard how company, LTV had a contract with the prison for inmates to repackage and return items from retailers to their suppliers. But when bags of products were delivered to the prison for sorting there was no record of their contents, giving several corrupt officers the opportunity to help themselves to items before they were sent to the prison workshops.

Hewitt and Albertson’s crimes came to light during an investigation into their colleagues Carl Byron, an anti-corruption officer at the prison from Manchester Road, Over Hulton and Anthony Bradbury, from Haslam Street Bury. They were jailed for two years and 10 months and two years and two months respectively, in November 2018.

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